ACTA News: Lautenberg Implementation

January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Excerpts of B&C’s Informative Forecast 2019
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA extensively quoted Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) Forecast 2019 in the article “EPA Shutdown Stymies Looming TSCA Assessment, Rule Deadlines.” Observers are also waiting for EPA to publish its updated TSCA inventory, the list of all existing chemicals, after receiving submissions from industry on which chemicals are deemed active -- manufactured, processed or imported within the past decade -- or inactive. Its publication will start a clock on yet another rulemaking. EPA's framework rule on the TSCA inventory and ... read more >
January 18, 2019
Inside EPA Features Comments by Kathleen M. Roberts Regarding Implementation of TSCA Fee Structure
On January 18, 2019, Inside EPA spoke with Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), for the article “EPA's Fee Rule Takes Effect Without Suit, A First For TSCA Framework.” Kathleen Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant at the law firm Bergeson & Campbell, suggested that the clarity of the statute regarding fees dissuaded critics from challenging EPA's final rule. “I believe that there were no challenges because the legislative language is very clear as to how much EPA could collect in TSCA fees. The ... read more >
January 16, 2019
Chemical Watch Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding the Impact of the Shutdown on TSCA New Chemical Reviews
On January 16, 2019, Chemical Watch spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “Shutdown spells further delays to TSCA new chemicals reviews.” "Until we have information from the agency, we are more or less assuming that [new chemical review processes] are all suspended, Lynn Bergeson, managing partner at Bergeson & Campbell, told Chemical Watch. And the fear for many is that the shutdown will exacerbate an already overtaxed new chemicals review process, compromising the ability for companies to bring new ... read more >
January 7, 2019
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., in the Article “Wheeler Pledges More ‘Sunshine’ on Chemical Oversight”
On January 7, 2019, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, Acta, regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s pledge to make public more information about chemical safety decisions. Richard Engler, director of chemistry at Bergeson & Campbell PC, described Wheeler’s promises as reflecting “EPA’s commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to transparency in EPA’s TSCA processes.” The ... read more >
December 20, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding Potential Impacts Of A Government Shutdown On The EPA Chemical Program
On December 20, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “‘Calamitous’ Harm Possible for EPA Chemical Program in Shutdown.” Shutting the government down could have particularly severe effects on the EPA’s oversight of chemicals in commerce and further delay the entry of new chemicals onto the market, two attorneys specializing in chemical policy told Bloomberg Environment. “If a shutdown were to occur—any shutdown of any length—would invite calamitous ... read more >
December 19, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Features Comments By Lynn L. Bergeson Regarding EPA’s 2019 Chemical Rules Outlook
On December 19, 2018, Bloomberg Environment spoke with Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®), for the article “2019 Outlook: ‘Most Active Year Yet’ Looms on EPA Chemical Rules.” The EPA didn’t reply to a question about how many people are working in its chemicals office but said it was allowed to hire up to 340 in fiscal year 2018, an increase from 311 in the previous year. The agency said it couldn’t comment on how many people it will have in fiscal year 2019 until Congress decides on the EPA budget. But the workload facing the ... read more >
November 26, 2018
Inside EPA References B&C Memorandum On EPA’s First Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation
On November 26, 2018, Inside EPA included information from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s (B&C®) memorandum “EPA Publishes First Draft TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation” in the article “EPA's PV29 Assessment Likely to Test Reformed TSCA's Data Standards.” In a Nov. 16 memo on the draft's release, the law firm Bergeson and Campbell suggests that there may be little reason to challenge the agency's finding though it leaves the door open to questioning the data EPA relied on. The draft “appears to cover all of the key elements ... read more >
November 13, 2018
Charles M. Auer Quoted In Inside EPA Article “Congress Gears Up For TSCA Oversight But Bipartisan Prospects Limited”
On November 13, 2018, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor, The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Inside EPA regarding Congress’ plan to oversee the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). “There may be some bipartisan oversight on nuts and bolts questions. But my guess is that each side will generally focus questions on 'their' issues and concerns,” says Charles Auer, a former EPA toxics official who now serves as the senior regulatory and policy adviser at the law ... read more >
November 12, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Interviewed By Rebecca Hersher of Morning Edition
On November 12, 2018, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry for The Acta Group (Acta®), was featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) morning news program “Morning Edition” during a segment on the chemical methylene chloride.  Reporter Rebecca Hersher asked Dr. Engler, a 17-year veteran of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and leader of EPA's Green Chemistry Program, about EPA’s review of methylene chloride and proposed restrictions to consumer use of the chemical. You ... read more >
November 6, 2018
Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Quoted By Bloomberg Environment in “Chemical Rule Deluge May Catch Companies Off Guard”
On November 6, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding new chemical rules. Before 2016, the EPA took regulatory action on 10-15 percent of new chemicals, clearing the way for 85-90 percent of new compounds to proceed without restrictions, Richard Engler, Bergeson and Campbell PC’s director of chemistry, said. But since the amendments to the nation’s primary chemicals law passed in June 2016, those proportions have switched, he has said. If this trend continues, more firms throughout the chemical ... read more >
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